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Here's my dilemma, 6 months ago I bought a Trek Remedy based on the good reviews it got and people saying that it was a solid all-mountain bike that could handle light DH. Well, I've killed it.

The bearings are shot, the paints flaking off, it's been back to the LBS more times than I care to mention and the worst part is that the top tube has a serious dent in it, bad enough that Trek have advised against riding it. So, obviously I made the wrong choice when I bought a Remedy.

I ride short technical downhills (Wharncliffe, Steve Peat's home) and local freeride trails mostly but I'm getting on a bit now and even though I still ride hard, I've started taking a bit easier. I've also starting appreciating long rides more and I'm doing the odd 20 mile cross country ride including a few uphills (gasp!).

I haven't got room for two bikes and I need something that will allow me to rip the downhills and trails but with a change of wheels and stem, also allow me to ride it all day fairly comfortably. The Remedy would have been ok for this but it's just not strong enough.

So with that in mind, is the Rune for me? I'm really impressed with Banshee/Mythic as a company so I'm certain that my next frame is a Mythic but is the Rune the frame for me? Am I asking too much of it?

Also, I understand that the Rune was designed for an air shock but as I ride a lot of chattery (?!) and technical DH, I'd prefer a coil shock. Other than the weight, am I likely to be losing out by running a coil shock on it?

Sorry about the long post! It's friday night and beer makes me chatty :p
 

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Not Rune related, but in six months just about any bike's bearings will be shot if you're riding in Wharncliffe. All that sandstone and mud, think of every grain as a tiny pivot bearing eating gremlin.
 

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I would agree that the Rune is very much the bike for you. Last year I spent 3 weeks in Canada and used my Rune for both xc riding and the Whistler bike park and only changed the tyres.

Generally speaking, here in the south of England I use mine for technical xc/downhill/north shore/uplift days. In Cwm Carn i did 2 laps of the xc route (including the long climb at the beginning) and then did uplifts for the rest of the day on the dh tracks.

Plus, the additional advantage of having bushings means that there are no bearings to rust and sieze and they are very easily greased and cleaned.
 

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egginsoup said:
with that in mind, is the Rune for me? I'm really impressed with Banshee/Mythic as a company so I'm certain that my next frame is a Mythic but is the Rune the frame for me? Am I asking too much of it?

Also, I understand that the Rune was designed for an air shock but as I ride a lot of chattery (?!) and technical DH, I'd prefer a coil shock. Other than the weight, am I likely to be losing out by running a coil shock on it?
Of the Banshee line of bikes, I believe the Rune would be the right choice for what you plan on doing. The Rune easily does long trail rides with it's efficient suspension design. And the frame is built tough for the rigors of DH.

I read it here that the coil would up the game on the downhill runs with a little loss in climbing efficiency.

I'm dreaming of the Elka Stage 5 coil shock.....pretty damn tempting.
 

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Awesome, thanks for the advice fellas. I've read around a few forums/reviews and it looks like the Rune is going to be my next bike. :)

I'll be getting it with a DHX 5 coil as Freeborn in the UK only give the option of DHX air or coil, this will be partnered with a RS Lyrik u-turn from my Remedy and I'll buy a new set of FR wheels so I can swap between those and a lighter pair for longer rides.

I can't wait!
 

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egginsoup said:
Awesome, thanks for the advice fellas. I've read around a few forums/reviews and it looks like the Rune is going to be my next bike. :)

I'll be getting it with a DHX 5 coil as Freeborn in the UK only give the option of DHX air or coil, this will be partnered with a RS Lyrik u-turn from my Remedy and I'll buy a new set of FR wheels so I can swap between those and a lighter pair for longer rides.

I can't wait!
You won't be disappointed by Rune, it's a tough and efficient rig, easy to service.
...share pics of your future newborn on Rune vanity thread.
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egginsoup said:
Awesome, thanks for the advice fellas. I've read around a few forums/reviews and it looks like the Rune is going to be my next bike. :)

I'll be getting it with a DHX 5 coil as Freeborn in the UK only give the option of DHX air or coil, this will be partnered with a RS Lyrik u-turn from my Remedy and I'll buy a new set of FR wheels so I can swap between those and a lighter pair for longer rides.

I can't wait!
I doubt you'd regret that decision. Pics of your new rig is a prerequisite to continue hanging out here... :D :D :D
 

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Thanks guys, the immediate build will have most of the crappy Bontrager parts transfered over from my Remedy so it won't be much to look at to start with but they'll be slowly replaced with nice new stuff.
 

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So now I've decided on the frame, I'm not sure what size to get.

I'm 5' 10" (178cm) with a 30" inseam and I'll be running a 70mm stem for AM and 50mm for FR/DH, I'm leaning towards the medium because I prefer smaller bikes but I think it's going to get a bit cramped on climbs. Does anyone think that I'd be better going for a large?

Also, I've got a large volume Fox RP2 that's tuned for my 09 Remedy, would this be suitable to run on the Rune?

Cheers!
 

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I'm 5'10 too. I think I have a longer inseam but I run a medium and I really like it. It does have a relatively short cockpit, but I have done lots of climbing on mine and it's never bothered me.

I always think it is better for this type of bike to be slightly too small than slightly too big. I'd def go for the medium.

P.S. I also run a 70mm stem.
 

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Thanks a lot Mikey, I prefer smaller bikes having come from BMX so I'll definitely go for the medium. Hopefully I should be able to get it ordered this week. :)

I'm hoping that the high volume RP2 will work out ok then I can use this for AM duty and the DHX coil for heavier stuff.
 

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Egginsoup, I'm 5'-9" with a ~31.5" inseam here. One thing I noticed about the Rune is the seat tube is slightly slacker than I am used to... so although the top tube length was the same as my old bike, the reach (BB to head tube) is shorter, making the bike feel a bit smaller.

I liked it though! The lower your seat is, the smaller the bike feels. Jack your seat up and the slack seat angle stretches you out when you need it. Long as we're not climbing with the seat slammed I think the medium will fit us both great.
 

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filbike said:
it's a tough and efficient rig, easy to service.
make sure you do service it. the grease ports are very simple to use, and taking apart the pivots on the seatstays and cleaning them out will help prolong bushing/axle life.

since you live in a real sloppy area, I would pick up some spares of the small bushings so you can replace them as soon as you develop play.
 
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